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There is one government resthouse clost to the boat jetty with only two rooms: you must book in advance in Port Blair, in reality it is often occupied by government officials.
 
There is one government resthouse clost to the boat jetty with only two rooms: you must book in advance in Port Blair, in reality it is often occupied by government officials.
  
A better option is a new eco-resort called "Blue Planet" which has rooms around a central restaurant which is built around a tree. They also offer camping and better-quality accommodation.
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Revision as of 12:33, 6 July 2009

Long Island is a small island in the Andaman Islands of India.

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Understand

Long Island has very little infrastructure. There is one small village, and only 1 government resthouse that must be booked through Port Blair.

History

Landscape

The village is spread out on the western side of the island within a good walking distance of the boat jetty, and you have to walk: there are no cars or rickshaws, only narrow concreted paths if you are lucky. Much of the island is forested and unexplored, and not even mapped: even the police do not have an accurate map of the island!

Flora and fauna

Climate

As in the rest of the Andaman Islands, the climate is a fairly steady 27-32C throughout the year, with a good chance of torrential monsoon rain between May and September. The main tourist season starts in October and goes through to March/April. Long Island is sheltered on the western side by other islands and the village was not too badly affected by the tsunami. Lalaji Bay is more exposed.

Get in

Fees/Permits

The permit you receive on arrival in Port Blair is good for Long Island.

Get around

Get around by either your feet (there's no cars or rikshaws) Or take a boat to the beach. (beware that the boat owner(s) don't do trips in the dark!) And if he doesn't feel like it he won't go either ;-) But with a few Rupee's you'll get your boat anyway

See

There are two reasons to come to Long Island:

  • You're an Indian tourist and want to stay at the government resthouse on Lalaji Bay and enjoy the beach.
  • You're a foreign tourist and you've come here to avoid Lalaji Bay and the rest of the world and camp in complete seclusion with a small group of friends.

Do: This is a lively village community and everyone turns out for festivals and celebrations! There is also a lot of island to explore. Lalaji Bay is about 1-2 hours'walk from the village and boat jetty.

Buy

You can buy all the basics in the village shops. Definitely no souvenir shops!

Eat

The best place in the village is "Laxmi Hotel" for good cheap South Indian fare as well as samosas, pakoras, or you can just go there for coffee or chai.

Blue Planet has the "Tree House" restaurant and they do a range of seafood dishes, as well as Indian food and the usual tourist fare (banana pancakes if you want!)They have beer, fresh fruit juices and the best espresso coffee anywhere in the Andamans.

Drink

Definately try the rosemilk at the bar on the local "square"! It's excellent and home made. Also good for some quite illegal "moonshine" wich is actually really not bad at all and is sold in soda bottles ;-)

Sleep

Lodging

There is one government resthouse clost to the boat jetty with only two rooms: you must book in advance in Port Blair, in reality it is often occupied by government officials.

[www.blueplanetandamans.com]A better option is a new resort called "Blue Planet" which has rooms around a central restaurant which is built around a tree. They also offer camping and better-quality accommodation.

Camping

Other than a few tourists at Lalaji Bay the real reason to come here is for secluded self-sufficience... you must bring all of your own gear and food and cook for yourself. The government changes its mind regularly about whether or not you can camp here... but it's possible to do it either way.

Backcountry

Stay safe

Get out


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You can walk to Lalaji Bay in 1 or 2 hours or you can hire a local boat. Or you can go by boat to a deserted island. The trip to North Passage Island is well worthwhile: the beach is beautiful and deserted and you are very likely to see dolphins on the way to or from.

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